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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jeeves and Wooster Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781482979398
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Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably give way at the knees, for among those present were Florence Craye, to whom Bertie had once been engaged; her new fiancé “Stilton” Cheesewright, who sees Bertie as a snake in the grass; and that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout, who is busy doing acts of kindness out of sheer malevolence. All of Bertie’s forebodings are fully justified, for in his efforts to oil the wheels of commerce, promote the course of true love, and avoid the consequences of a vendetta, he becomes the prey of all and sundry. In fact only Jeeves can save him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You should read Wodehouse when you’re well, and when you’re poorly; when you’re traveling, and when you’re not; when you’re feeling clever, and when you’re feeling utterly dim. Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already.”

    Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

  • “Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.”

    Evelyn Waugh, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A brilliantly funny writer—perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced.” 

    The Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Jackson | 2/15/2014

    " Ah, the many joys of Wodehouse! One can delight at 'Blandings' or enjoy the company of Psmith, but Bertie and Jeeves offer pleasure often beyond reckoning. The voice anchors the entire thing -- Bertie's mix of grandiloquence and idiocy gussy up every sentence and beautify ever short story -- but over the course of an entire novel, the plot mechanics, the heartless crush of the inevitable comedy and humiliation, these are the things that make him a master. Whom in the subsequent eighty years of British literature did he not touch? 'Joy in the Morning' alongside 'Code of the Woosters' sets a high water mark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ratandeep Singh | 2/14/2014

    " Best of all Sir PG Wodehouse's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart Laughlin | 2/3/2014

    " Uncle Percy starting out with a series of 'what's never ceases to elicit a chuckle. Also enjoyed the porpentine bit, but the highlight was the punting of Edmund. Completely hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Crawford | 1/22/2014

    " Wodehouse is laugh out loud funny. An enjoyable read all around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Peck | 1/20/2014

    " I think wodehouse may be one of those authors who gets repetitive fairly quickly. I space out his books in my reading rotation, so it's been several months since I last visited with Bertie and jeeves, and it still felt incredibly predictable. I guess it's possible that I had already read it, but the fact that I can't remember isn't a good sign. a light, easy read, good for the beach if you need a few laughs, but nothing too special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/17/2014

    " Comical and artfully written. A master of words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phair | 1/16/2014

    " My how I love these books! Jonathan Cecil's reading was once again perfection itself. I just sit in my car smiling or laughing out loud while listening to these. Such sparkling wit, so many delicious turns of phrase. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Fournier | 12/18/2013

    " Best Wodehouse book I've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Firer | 10/2/2013

    " Started at an exciting build, but once the pieces were set it seemed to come to its conclusion in a more convenient and less clever pace than it promised. Still, an excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manikanta Avinash | 8/28/2013

    " Another Jeeves and Wooster gem! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 8/1/2013

    " Bertie and Jeeves visit Steeple Bumpleigh where Bertie has trouble with the local cop, steals his uniform, and attends a fancy-dress party. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 5/6/2013

    " Right up there with The Cose of the Woosters as the best of Wodehouse. Bertie in Aunt Agatha country, featuring another loopy novellist (Boko Fittleworth) and an irascible Lord (my dear Worplesdon...). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kricket | 3/17/2013

    " i love anything written by this man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynna | 3/8/2013

    " Another reason to love P. G. Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/3/2012

    " Bertie Wooster is one of the funniest and most endearing narrators you'll find anywhere. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of his escapades trying to sort out engagements and help with his uncle's business affairs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April (CSI:Librarian) | 3/23/2012

    " Wonderful and hilarious as always. An absolute delight from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/29/2011

    " I laughed out loud several times. LOVE Edwin and his acts of kindness! And hope he never tries to do one for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/29/2011

    " Reading my way through a Wodehouse omnibus and this is the first short novel in it. Too much Bertie, not enough Jeeves, but it does have moments of great hilarity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 11/2/2011

    " Top notch Bertie and Jeeves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 9/8/2011

    " I've probably read about a dozen Jeeves books by now and I think this one beats the socks off them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 5/1/2011

    " I recommend all of Wodehouse' Jeeves books. They're silly and unless you're a party-pooper, will make you laugh out loud. They are classic examples of 1940's British humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 4/28/2011

    " They are all good, but this is one of the better ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/19/2011

    " I've probably read about a dozen Jeeves books by now and I think this one beats the socks off them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lamplight | 3/27/2011

    " Edwin, the boy scout is hilarious. Some of the funniest Wodehouse characters I've encountered yet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 2/5/2011

    " Uncle Percy starting out with a series of 'what's never ceases to elicit a chuckle. Also enjoyed the porpentine bit, but the highlight was the punting of Edmund. Completely hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2010

    " As always Wodehouse is brilliant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 11/26/2010

    " Anything Wodehouse is a delight for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/9/2010

    " Best Wodehouse book I've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 10/9/2010

    " It isn't my favorite of the Jeeves novels; in some places the language seems a little too modern. Still, it is hilarious, and has some great lines. It's still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 10/5/2010

    " Normal Wodehouse tangled web and ridiculous relationships. Pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiersten | 9/30/2010

    " Delightful...so very British. I find my own life in as much chaos as the completely inept Bertie. Now I just need to find a Jeeves to masterfully makes sense of it all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/29/2010

    " This was a laugh-aloud book for me. Just the thing when you're pining for something British and witty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April (CSI:Librarian) | 9/23/2010

    " Wonderful and hilarious as always. An absolute delight from beginning to end. "

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About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre– and post–World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cecil (1939–2011) was a vastly experienced actor, appearing at Shakespeare’s Globe as well as in such West End productions as The Importance of Being Earnest, The Seagull, and The Bed before Yesterday. He toured in The Incomparable Max, Twelfth Night, and An Ideal Husband, while among his considerable television and film appearances were The Rector’s Wife, Just William, Murder Most Horrid, and As You Like It.